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Man discovers that he's about to become 100

Attention all Legacy users! Make sure you document when you were born. Don't wait until you're 98 years old like the man in the following story:

A Bismarck man lost a whole year a little more than a month ago.

Leo Goll, Sr. was set to celebrate his 99th birthday next month, until December, when his niece stumbled upon family information that verified that Goll will actually be 100 Feb. 19.

Read the complete story here.

Genealogy Websites I Don't Hate

Christopher Dunham, author of The Genealogist's Glossary (& Other Essential Nonsense) and The Genealogue has recently announced his newest creation: Genealogy Websites I Don't Hate.

About a week into its publication, he has highlighted several web sites of interest to genealogists. If this new blog is anything like his current blog or latest book, it should definitely be a site worth visiting often.

Bookmark his site at or subscribe to the RSS feed.

Heritage Creations Filing for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

Heritage Creations, publishers of Heritage Quest Magazine, Genealogy Bulletin, and is filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Leland Meitzler wrote:

This is a blog I never expected to ever write, but circumstances have dictated that I do so today.

Put in simple terms – I’m broke and am in the process of filing for Chapter 7 personal bankruptcy.

Leland, a personal friend, is one of the stalwarts of the genealogy community. If you've ever attended a regional or national conference, you've surely met him and appreciated his warm smile and personality. We wish Leland all the best in his future endeavors.

Read the details here.

The Origin of Irish Family Names

It is a help when tracing your Irish family history to know something about the origin of and evolution of Irish names and particularly how names have changed over the centuries.

Early times: In ancient Ireland the population was much smaller than today and the mass movement of people was uncommon. It was usual therefore for a person to be known only by one name: Niall, Eoin, Art, etc. Once there was no one else in the locality with the same name then this was not a problem.

Continue reading the complete article here.

Legacy Tips

Getting help in using Legacy is usually just a mouse-click away. If you need step-by-step instructions for a certain task, need to talk with someone, or get advice from other Legacy users, here are some different methods of finding help:

Legacy Help File. Access the help system inside Legacy by clicking on the Help menu, then click Contents. The help file is packed with step-by-step instructions, tips and tricks, and even tutorial lessons.

Legacy Manual. Over 350 pages of step-by-step instructions, indexed, easy-to-read, and fully-illustrated.

Legacy Family Tree Video Training Series. The 5-CD set not only teaches how to use Legacy, but it also teaches genealogy principles and methodologies. These CDs help you "do it right" the first time.

Legacy User Group. This mailing list is for Legacy users to share ideas and to help each other.

Online Help Center. Read this first if you come across a possible bug or need quick technical support.

Tips from the Experts. A large collection of tips: e-mail attachments, organizing your paper files, sources, web pages, etc.

Daily Tips. Recent Articles:

The Proper Care and Handling of CDs

Marlo Schuldt, publisher of Legacy's Add-on, Photo Collector and ProMedia Manager Suite, wrote an interesting article about his experiences with caring for and handling CDs. Its headlines include:

  • Most of us protect the wrong side of the CD
  • One scratch or ding can destroy a CD
  • Sunlight can tan your CDs
  • Stacking CDs and the Leaning Tower of Pizza
  • To label or not to label
  • A reusable CD?
  • Determing CD quality is about like flipping a coin

Read the complete article at

Learn more about Photo Collector and ProMedia Manager Suite at

FindUSA discontinued to libraries

One of the more popular databases offered through the Godfrey Memorial Library, and other libraries, has been terminated.

FindUSA was a service to assist researchers in locating their missing living relatives. The president of infoUSA stated that the termination of this database service to libraries was a business decision in light of consumer concerns about privacy issues.

Richard E. Black, director of the Godfrey Library, stated to his patrons that he "is very saddened by the lost of this very popular site. We recognize the disappointment that many of you will feel by its loss. . . . We continue to look for other sites that may provide similar content.

Free access to historical records Celebrates Black History Month by Providing Free Access to Historical Records Detailing the Lives of Hundreds of Thousands of African Americans

PROVO, Utah, Feb. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- For African Americans, tracking down ancestors can present a unique set of challenges -- few other groups face as many obstacles when it comes to family history research. Often, a lack of credible documentation can make the journey both difficult and time-consuming. Fortunately, there is a vast collection of data available online. In celebration of Black History Month,, which hosts the largest online collection of family history records, has launched an all new African American Research Center at . Throughout the month of February, will be offering free access to this vast collection of historical records detailing the lives of hundreds of thousands of African Americans. "Public records, personal narratives, legal documents, and letters -- evidence of the past, left behind by those who lived it -- can be extremely valuable tools for understanding the lives, legacies, and stories of our ancestors and the worlds in which they lived," said Tim Sullivan, president and CEO of, Inc., which operates "By making this information easily accessible, is making it easier for the people to uncover and share the personal stories that make up their family history and heritage." A wealth of personal information can be obtained in the documents available at and the African American Research Center ( ). Some of the records available include:

Freedman's Bank Records, 1865-1874 -- Shortly after the Civil War in March 1865, several New York business men started the Freedman's Savings and Trust Company, or Freedman's Bank -- a savings bank where soldiers and former slaves could invest their money. The Freedman's Bank records show depositors' names and sometimes other personal information such as age, place of birth, and occupation.

Slave Schedules, 1850 & 1860 -- Slaves were counted separately during the 1850 and 1860 U.S. censuses. In most schedules, the names of land owners only were recorded; individual slaves were not named but were simply numbered and can be distinguished only by age, sex, and color.

U.S. Federal Census, 1870 -- The 1870 census is the first U.S. Federal Census to list African Americans by name (in previous censuses they were included only as tally marks on a page).

Civil War Service Records -- A listing of over 5.3 million men who served in the war. Each record provides the soldier's name, company, unit, the individual's rank when inducted and rank when discharged.

Afro-Louisiana History and Genealogy, 1718-1820 -- Detailed information on over 100,000 slaves who arrived in Louisiana between 1718 and 1820. The records include rich personal details such as name, gender, race, birthplace, family names and relationships, skill or trade, personality traits and information about how the person was freed.

Slave Narratives -- A collection of one-on-one interviews with more than 3,500 former slaves collected over a ten-year period from 1929 to 1939. The interviews, written exactly as they were dictated to preserve the spoken dialect of the former slave, are very rich in family history data and often identify ages, places of residence and birth, and names of spouses, children, siblings, and parents.

WWI Draft Registration Cards -- In 1917 and 1918, approximately 24 million men, close to 25% of the total population of the United States, completed a World War I draft registration card. The cards contain more than just names and dates: they contain significant genealogical information such as birthplace, citizenship status, and information on the individual's nearest relative. If a person was of African descent, the bottom left corner was cut off of the registration card to make that distinction.

Family and Local Histories -- A compilation of journals, memoirs, and other first-hand personal narratives that provide a poignant picture of daily life, from everyday challenges to extreme hardships.

Free Alaska Genealogy Cruise or Family History Library Trip

We're giving away a FREE genealogy cruise to Alaska or a free research trip to Salt Lake City’s Family History Library.

Users of Legacy Family Tree 6.0 Deluxe edition are eligible to win. The winner, to be announced June 1, 2006, has their choice of attending the annual Legacy cruise or a week’s stay in Salt Lake City.

Carnivalspiritak Legacy Cruise. The third-annual Legacy cruise sets sail for Alaska on September 7, 2006 and returns to Vancouver, B.C. on September 13. The winner will receive:

  • Round-trip airfare to Vancouver
  • cruise fare (includes on-board meals)
  • paid port charges
  • even tips will be pre-paid for the winner.

In addition to experiencing the Inside Passage to Alaska, cruisers may attend genealogy classes presented by Millennia’s best instructors. More information is available at

Plazahoteloutside Family History Library Research Trip. The Family History Library, located in downtown Salt Lake City, is the world’s largest genealogy library. The winner will receive:

  • round-trip airfare to Salt Lake City
  • 7-night stay in the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel, (located just around the corner from the library)
  • $100 for photocopies.

“We thought this would be a fun way to say thanks to our customers,” said Dave Berdan, president of Millennia Corporation. “There’s no better way to enjoy genealogy than with friends on a cruise or by researching at the world’s finest library.”

If you have waited for the right time to upgrade your software, now is the time. After all, you could be sailing to Alaska, or researching at the Family History Library – at our expense. Purchase or Upgrade to Legacy 6 Deluxe and be eligible to win.

Enter at